He said, “We have different personalities.” Change into Indirect Speech

He said, “We have different personalities.” Change into Indirect Speech

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  1. Indirect Speech: He said that they had different personalities.

    Here, have is itself a verb and not an auxiliary verb. Hence, the sentence is in simple present tense and not in present perfect tense.

    Explanation: When the reporting verb is in the past (said) and the direct speech is in the present indefinite tense (simple present tense), then the indirect (reported) speech will change into the past indefinite tense.

    Present Indefinite Tense (have) > Past Indefinite Tense (had).

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